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Ovulation Tracker Apps

If you’re trying to get pregnant, then one of the most important bits of information you can have on your side is the knowledge of when you ovulate.

You can only conceive during what’s known as your ‘fertile window’ – that is, you are only fertile in that time when active sperm can encounter a fertile egg. You ovulate once per menstrual cycle, releasing an egg (or, rarely, more than one) into your fallopian tubes, where sperm can fertilise it. The egg remains viable for a maximum of 24 hours, and you can make sure it remains fertile for as long as possible with some diet and lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, if you haven’t already, and getting more leafy green vegetables into your diet.

Sperm, on the other hand, can survive up to five days once in your body, so you have a window of three to five days in which unprotected sex can lead to pregnancy, and it’s this fertile window you need to identify and target.

The Advantages of Apps

There are lots of solutions that promise to help predict when you’re going to ovulate, and there is currently a glut of apps offering the service. It’s not hard to see why: an app can come with you wherever you go, it can transfer between devices, and is easily accessible. If you need to enter data every day, you need your ovulation tracker solution to be something that’s always at hand.

The best apps can also harness your phone’s computing power or access the cloud to turn data into a prediction. It’s no surprise that ovulation tracking has found a home on your phone.

Do They Work?

This is the only important question. If an app can’t get you an accurate answer then it’s simply wasting your time – and perhaps your money as well!

The least sophisticated of these apps simply ask for you the date of your last period and the length of your cycle. These are of limited predictive power: unless you do have an extremely regular and predictable cycle, they can’t help you. It’s people with less regular cycles that need more help identifying ovulation, so you’ll need a more comprehensive solution.

More Indicators

The more data an app requires, the more accurate it’s likely to be. An app that asks for the date of your last period, and your average period length (if applicable), and then goes on to ask about your basal body temperature, the presence of ‘fertile mucus’ (which is the appearance your cervical mucus takes on when you’re ready to ovulate, to allow sperm through the cervix), and even the appearance of your saliva, then you know it offers increased accuracy – at the cost of the inconvenience of gathering all this data.

An Easier Solution

OvuSense takes your basal body temperature as a prime indicator of when you’re ovulating, and lets you take your BBT with a specialised sensor, which measures your core temperature at night as you rest, for accurate readings. Our algorithm turns this data into a prediction that lets you know when you have the best chance of getting pregnant.

Find out more about core temperature technology and fertility here